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Download: IZC "Untitled"

Label: disko404

Packing his track with melting synth patterns, recurring sounds of demonic chimes, and viciously shuffling percussion, Viennese producer IZC proves he is not afraid to explore strange sounds with "Untitled," a cut from his analog-centric Zig Zag EP. The loosely constructed production consistently evokes tension and a relentless feeling of dread, effectively showing off the artist's capabilities in forging dark, ominous atmospheres. Before it drops in digital formats on April 21, the rest of IZC's Zig Zag EP can be streamed in full after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.4 (52 votes)

Download: Applescal "The Veil"

Label: Atomnation

Dutch-born, Berlin-based producer Applescal has launched a new digital single series via his own Atomnation imprint, and serving as its first installment is "The Veil," a methodical and somber piece of techno built around a dark rhythmic core and expanded upon by hazy, wordless vocals, swirling FX, and subtle melodic embellishments. Chugging ceaselessly forward for much of its run, "The Veil" eventually begins to unfold in its final minutes, peeling back its drum programming to reveal a bubbling well of granulated bell sounds and long-winded vocals that reach deep into the production's wide sonic landscape. With "The Veil" as its inaugural release, Applescal's single series is said to continue in the weeks to come over on Atomnation's Bandcamp page.  

Average: 8.4 (71 votes)

Download: My Panda Shall Fly "Japanese Woman"

First Listen
Label: Creaked

The past few years have seen London's My Panda Shall Fly shifting and repurposing his talents into a number of different electronic structures, building a prolific and varied catalog in the process. Even with that in mind, "Japanese Woman" may be a first for the producer, as the moody composition pairs its set of cool chords and unsettled rhythms with a procession of, well, martial arts grunts (i.e. "hiya"), which, as the title seems to indicate, originated from a woman of Japanese descent. These auditory flashes of hand-to-hand combat are ultimately not the focus, though, as "Japanese Woman" finds My Panda Shall Fly patching together a number of seemingly unconnected ideas into a coherent—albeit slightly unconventional—piece of beat work. This latest cut from the budding UK talent is set to appear in the first half of No Secrets, My Panda Shall Fly's upcoming four-track EP for Swiss label Creaked, out on April 28.  

Average: 8.4 (28 votes)

Download: TÂCHES "Malindi"

First Listen

Crafting a dark undercurrent in his latest production, anonymous UK DJ/producer TÂCHES utilizes a gallery of glassy synths in the house-inclined "Malindi" track. Pitch-shifted vocal snippets bounce around the production's persistent clap rhythm as a buoyantly ambling synth melody leads the charge. Glimmers of radiant bleeps permeate the closing end of "Malindi," shortly before a drum pattern accented by ambient tones leads TÂCHES' track to a slow-burning finale. 

Average: 8.5 (134 votes)

Download: ToToro "Cats Eggs"

Label: Push & Run

Aside from sporting an obvious affinity for Hayao Miyazaki's film of the same name, ToToro has little information available online. Featured here, the producer's oddly titled "Cats Eggs" tune starts off small, but doesn't take long to accumulate its massive arsenal of sound. A low-muttering vocal pattern eventually turns into an ecstatic explosion of deft synth sequences which exude nothing but concentrated bliss. ToToro's elated melody is one of many on Tings In Boots 3, a compilation of brand-new tracks put together by London label Push & Run. featuring the likes of Blacksmif, EAN, Tyde, and several others. The whole thing is available to stream and download for free after the jump.  Read more » 

Average: 7.2 (24 votes)

Download: The Wolf "Mr. Invisible (James Welsh Remix)"

Having just dropped his "The Wolf's Hour" 12" via the newly founded Silver Bear label, The Wolf has sent over a remix from that record by Hypercolor affiliate James Welsh. Removing most of the growling vocals from the original track, Welsh's soothing house production brings droning loops to the forefront, creating a sense of mind-numbing euphoria. "Mr. Invisible (James Welsh Remix)" progresses across a wide range of chromatic synth-scapes, which helps make it a track perfect for keeping on repeat. 

Average: 8 (49 votes)

Download: TWR72 "Mode"

First Listen

Amsterdam pair TWR72 has been quietly ascending in the techno realm for a few years now, with a pair of releases for Turbo to its name (including an innovative DJ tool made up of 72 locked grooves) and, most recently, working with LA techno fiend Truncate to deliver a tune on Sound Pellegrino's recent collaborative compilation. Having worked together since their teens, the two producers are still formulating their exact plans for the rest of the year, but have nonetheless sent over a telling freebie. Built with a sturdy rhythmic framework and a simple oscillating pattern, "Mode" is a fine example of the stripped-back, tracky, but undeniably effective brand of techno that TWR72 plans to deliver more of in the months to come.  

Average: 7 (61 votes)

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